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Experts warn of second wave as virus cases increase in UK

Scientific experts have warned of a second wave of the coronavirus pandemic and another complete nationwide lockdown in the UK unless stricter measures are adhered to amid a rising number of infections in the country over the past week.

Peter Openshaw, a professor of experimental medicine and at Imperial College London, said the new “rule of six” restrictions on large gatherings which comes in force from Monday is crucial.

“I think everyone is in agreement that we really need to act very quickly now in order to prevent this from growing exponentially and that’s the main point, is that we must act fast because it is so much harder to get this sort of thing under control if you delay even a few days,” Openshaw told ‘Sky News’.

“But if we don’t do this [rule of six] now we are going to be right back in hard lockdown in short order, that’s the only way we have at the moment for controlling this but there are other things on the horizon. We need to act quickly,” he said.

“This isn’t a game. We shouldn’t be out trying to party as hard as we can in the run-up to Monday’s lockdown. We should all be thinking about what we can do to slow down the spread,” he added.